Rare Textiles and Fashion
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Hardcover      ISBN: 1419700022

Dubbed the enfant terrible of fashion ever since his pr t- -porter collections were first shown in 1976, Jean Paul Gaultier, whose avant-garde and bold fashions very early on reflected the issues facing contemporary society, is one of the leading designers in recent decades.

Published by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Abrams in conjunction with the first-ever retrospective on Gaultier, this stunning hardcover book in a slipcase explores the ties between the designer and the pop/rock music scene, film, and dance, and sheds light on his sources of inspiration, which are as eclectic as they are impertinent.

The first major monograph on Gaultier brings together archival documents and over fifty interviews with Gaultier's muses and colleagues, as well as the artists he has created costumes for: Pedro Almod var, Catherine Deneuve, Madonna, Helen Mirren, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Martin Margiela, Pierre Cardin, Dita Von Teese, Marion Cotillard, Kylie Minogue, Polly Mellen, and Tom Ford, to name just a few.

It features many previously unpublished illustrations thanks to the collaboration of renowned fashion photographers and the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier. The publication also includes two interviews with Gaultier, one by Florence M ller, art historian, and the other by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, as well as an interview with Valerie Steele, fashion historian and director of New York's Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). An essay written by Suzy Menkes looks at Gaultier's fashion shows and examines their visionary reflection of society's evolution over the past thirty-five years.

Slipcase is cracked.

Il Tempo L'emozione
Il Tempo L'emozione
Hardcover      SKU: 1199470082
In the Russian Style
In the Russian Style
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670396966

Paperback, small 4to with minor wrinkling at head & slight wear to corners. Clean & unmarked. Inscribed on title page by Jacqueline Onassis to Larry & Charlotte Wilson, who led the appeal to bring Dr. Leonid Tarassuk to the U.S. Tarassuk was a director of the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg & is first on Onassis' acknowledgements list for this book.

Karl Lagerfeld & Babeth Djian: Numéro Couture
Karl Lagerfeld & Babeth Djian
Numéro Couture
Hardcover      ISBN: 3958290574

This book features Karl Lagerfeld's most beautiful photographs of haute-couture garments shot for French fashion magazine Num ro, to celebrate its 15 years of collaboration with the famous fashion designer. Who else but Lagerfeld could better reveal the timeless and intricate beauty of couture? With all his innate imagination and indulgence, Lagerfeld has immortalized the iconic models of our time within the covers of Num ro Cara Delevingne, Linda Evangelista, Natasha Poly, Anja Rubik, Lara Stone, Stella Tennant, Natalia Vodianova--all these and more have participated in his game, often framed by sumptuous decors worthy of the greatest Hollywood productions. Lagerfeld's spectacular stagings visualize our most daring fantasies of female archetypes, from fairytale princesses to contemporary muses.

Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452110697

This "spectacular tribute to a designer of breathtaking grace and originality" (Threads) is the definitive volume on the legendary Madeleine Vionnet's life and work. Now back in print with a fresh new cover, this reissue marks the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the House of Vionnet and the revival of the Vionnet brand. Lavishly illustrated in over 400 photographs, sketches, and with complete patterns for 30 of the most influential designs of this architect among dressmakers, this exquisite volume is an essential reference for fashion students and a vibrant portrait of a grande dame of 20th century couture.

"Folio, as new in original shrink wrap. 14 1/2 x10 1/4 .

Natural Dyes: Sources, Tradition, Technology and Science
Natural Dyes
Sources, Tradition, Technology and Science
Hardcover      ISBN: 190498200x

At a time when more and more plants and animals are threatened with extinction by humanity's ever-increasing pressure on the land and oceans of the planet, this book sets out to record sources of colorants discovered and used on all the continents from antiquity until the present day. Some 300 plants and 30 animals (marine molluscs and scale insects) are illustrated and discussed by the author, whose passion for natural dyes, with their colors of unequalled richness and subtlety, has taken her across the globe in search of dye sources and dyers. Botanical and zoological details are given for each source and chemical structures for each dye. Dyes employed by different civilizations are illustrated and relevant historical recipes and detailed descriptions of dyeing-processes by traditional dyers are quoted and explained in the light of modern science. Other current uses of such colorants, such as in medicine, and as colorants for food and cosmetics, are also noted. Although natural dyes have been largely replaced by synthetic dyes, increasing worldwide awareness of the harmful consequences of the pollution resulting from the production and use of some synthetic colorants has led to a significant revival and renewed interest in natural colorants. As potential renewable resources, natural dyes are an integral part of the major issue of our time: sustainable development. The aim of this book is to provide a scientific background for this important debate.

Needle-craft : Artistic and Practical
Needle-craft : Artistic and Practical
by Missing
Hardcover      SKU: 1199411647

"Sm4to, 277pgs + Advertisements. Full bound in light green cloth with purple and gilt stamped illustration and titling on front board and purple titling on spine. Lovely black & white illustrations of needle craft examples and designs on almost every page. Book is solid and interior is clean; except for previous owner's name in pencil on verso of second blank and very mild toning. Boards are bright and clean, edges and corners lightly worn and slightly bumped. Spine joints and ends have light wear as well, titling slightly faded.

Old Times : A Picture of Social Life *at the End of the Eighteenth Century
Old Times : A Picture of Social Life *at the End of the Eighteenth Century
Hardcover      SKU: 1199238406

"*AT THE END OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. 1885, Small 4to, 394 pgs +ads. Ex-library. Full bound red cloth with gilt pictoral on front board, morocco leather title label on spine. Numerous illustration plates throughout text. Gilt top edge of text block, deckle exterior edge. Some dust soil on block edges and cloth. Clean apart from ex-library markings. A solid book.

Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Peace is the Way
Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Paperback      ISBN: 1570753156

From the pages of Fellowship magazine, this volume highlights the writings of some of the preeminent peacemakers of our century. These seventy original and classic essays offer a comprehensive reader in nonviolence while also chronicling the struggle for peace and justice in the twentieth century. For students, activists, and all who share an interest in building a more just and peaceful world.

Rene Gruau
Rene Gruau
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847805662

"4to, unpaginated, 74 color plates, near fine with small closed tear to rear of dj and small indentation at spine. Binding is solid. no owner's identification present. Introductory text by Frieda Grafe, forward by Hubert de Givenchy, interview with Gruau by Joelle Chariau. Color plates are bright and sharp, Gruau's work immediately recalls the excitement of Tolouuse Lautrec's Moulin Rouge series. A beautiful copy.